History’s largest coffee break occurred on this day on Coffee Morning in 1996 when 513,569 people drank coffee simultaneously in 14,652 groups throughout the United Kingdom. The event raised $28.46 million for the Macmillan Cancer Support charity.
The first ever Coffee Morning happened in 1990. It was a rather small affair with a simple idea: guests would gather over coffee and donate the cost of their cuppa to Macmillan in the process. It was so effective, the company did it again the next year only this time nationally. Since then, Coffee Morning has raised over $261,769,800 with annual Coffee Mornings throughout the UK.